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License Types
Currently Available

California has legalized cannabis for medical and adult use. The Department of Cannabis Control is responsible for overseeing the cannabis licensing process. California does require local support and permitting processes that Canna Business Services can help you with. The following licenses are currently available in California:

  • Cultivation
  • Distribution
  • Manufacturing 
  • Testing Laboratory
  • Retail
  • Event Organizer
What You Need To Apply

In order to apply for a license in California, here are the top items you want to complete to be successful starting your journey into the cannabis space:

  1. Decide what type of business (or businesses) you want to pursue cannabis business licenses for.

    Review the list of license types available for application to determine what might be the best fit for you and your business aspirations.

  2. Assemble Your Team

    The next step is to gather your team of experts. Having financial backing in the form of investors is crucial so that you are able to procure consultation services, a location, and other resources along the way. Don’t make the mistake of getting knee-deep in your plan and then running out of money to see it through. After you’ve made sure your funding is set, assemble your team of people you can trust. Specifically, you want people who have experience in the industry and who are well-informed so that you can highlight your team’s expertise in your application.

  3. Secure a Property

    Prior to obtaining a license you will need to secure property that is zoned correctly and able to support the needs of a cannabis business. This can, at times, be the most challenging part of the process. Our team has worked with countless municipalities to assist our clients in obtaining compliant properties in correctly zoned areas.

  4. Draft Your Application

    Application requirements vary between Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) and narrative forms surrounding the expectations you have for your business. Either way, these need to be compliant with all state, local, and federal regulations. Ensuring that you are compliant is one of the most important steps in the application process. Canna Business Services has years of experience drafting award-winning applications for our clients in competitive states. Set up a meeting with us today to discuss how we can help you with your business.

  5. Read more on our blog about how to take the first steps towards licensure.

History of Cannabis in

California was the first state to establish a medical cannabis program under Proposition 215 in 1996. Over the initial years of the program, the state received challenges under federal law since cannabis is still classified as illegal. After several failed attempts, cannabis for adult use was passed with 57% of the population supporting it in 2016. The law permitting adult use is called Proposition 64. Cannabis sales in California make up a large portion of state industry. In fact, cannabis cultivation is its most valuable cash crop. According to an NBC report, California collected almost $1 billion in state tax revenue for the first three quarters of 2021. In California, you must obtain both local and state approval to move forward in applying for a cannabis business license.

Canna Business Services offers a wealth of expertise and experience. Our legal background, depth of resources, and scope of knowledge fulfill your needs from concept to successful cannabis business. We support your momentum in a high-risk market by simplifying complexities, identifying pitfalls, and opening up valuable opportunities. Whether for short-term hourly assistance or long-term project management, we tailor our services toward sustainable solutions.

Medical & Recreational Cannabis Business Consulting in California

Canna Business Services encourages you to contact us for a consultation. The ins, outs, uncertainty, and regulations of an ever-growing, ever-changing California cannabis industry can be overwhelming and undermine your chances of success. Legal fees for even the most basic questions quickly add up. Canna Business Services is a cost-saving alternative without sacrificing competency or merit.

Our services include commercialization and compliance, fractional c-suite opportunities, cannabis business application/permits, cannabis investing, marketing, compliant packaging/label support, local zoning and real estate support, and ongoing consulting support in California. Canna Business Services guides and services industry veterans as well as emerging entrepreneurs.

California Cannabis Business Consulting & Marketing

Canna Business Services is built and led by women with the intention of exemplifying work ethic, eliminating exorbitant attorney fees, and combining our diverse skillset into an indispensable resource. We encourage you to take advantage of our unique vantage point, law background, and active presence within the industry. We work with both recreational and medicinal cannabis dispensaries and offer an e-commerce store for downloadable templates for cannabis business licensing applications.